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Address to Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2010 by ANC National Chair Baleka Mbete

6 March, 2010

 Address to Sinn Féin Ard Fheis  2010 by ANC National Chair Baleka Mbete:

The National Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, Ms. Baleka Mbete, gave a special message of support to the Sinn Fein 2010 Ard Fheis, today, the 06th of March 2010, in Dublin Ireland. Ms. Mbete recalled the strong close relations between the ANC and Sinn Fein, born through the trenches of struggle. 

She recalled how Irish activists led by Sinn Fein directly participated in the global struggle against apartheid. Particularly, the similarities between the ANC and Sinn Fein, how they both have lost comrades in the course of a struggle for justice and peace.  Ms. Mbete emphasised that South Africa would not have been liberated from the yoke of apartheid and colonial oppression without the deliberate and commited actions of activists from Ireland, as led b Sinn Fein.

Ms. Mbete reaffirmed the ANC’s position of supporting Sinn Fein’s struggle for a just outcome for Northern Ireland.  She congratulated Sinn Fein on the advances and progress they have made in the peace process in Northern Ireland, particularly the devolution of policing and justice powers from Great Britain. She wished every bit of luck on the outcome of the vote on Tuesday to decide the matter.

Ms. Mbete, invited Sinn Fein to join the ANC in its celebration of their 100 year anniversary in 2012.  She requested for Irish activists involved in the anti-apartheid movement to provide the ANC with records and memories from the time spent in the anti-apartheid struggle.  She stated that the struggle against apartheid was a global struggle for justice, and should be celebrated. Finally, Ms. Mbete called on the Ard Fheis to prioritise the struggle for justice of the Palestinian people, in particular the two-state solution. 

She called on Sinn Fein and its 2010 Ard Fheis to put pressure on all roleplayers, in particular, the United States to stop Israel from defying the world. In her words, the situation in Palestine is “worse than apartheid”.  ENDS

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